Karen Sobel Lojeski, an assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, recently wrote The Subtle Ways Our Screens Are Pushing Us Apart for Harvard Business Review.
Lojeski is the pioneer who discovered Virtual Distance, a measurable, Digital Age phenomenon that strongly impacts productivity, innovation, project success, job satisfaction, leader effectiveness and more. She founded Virtual Distance International (VDI), an advisory firm helping organizations boost productivity and innovation in the virtual workforce.
“Virtual distance is a sense of psychological and emotional detachment that begins to grow little by little and unconsciously when most encounters and experiences are mediated by screens on smart devices,” she writes. “It’s often assumed that the usual suspects are to blame: physical separation or time zone gaps. But they’re not. Physical distance can certainly add to virtual distance; however, the main issues come through more subtle circumstances.”
Lojeski is the author of two books, Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise and Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century.